17 Oct 2013

“Sounds of War: Iraq Attack of Thomas Edington” by Thomas Ferreolus

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“Sounds of War: Iraq Attack of Thomas Edington” by Thomas Ferreolus is a gripping and powerful book that shows what the Iraq War could be like for some of its participating US soldiers.

It depicts in much detail and with well chosen characters the lost battles for the Al Anbar Province during Operation Iraqi Freedom as experienced by Thomas Edington.
Ferreolus describes the all day life of soldiers, the continuous threats, the ‘luck’ of surviving because a bomb blast just missed its target by metres, the at times disgusting food and water situation, interpersonal relations and the technical and tactical problems to carry out their missions. 
Interlaced with memories from Thomas’s past we get a good picture of Thomas and his life. 
This is a rich read, unlike many war novels it feels both real and surreal.
“The Devil has no remorse….he poisons humanity with war…Mankind’s apocalypse, all balancing on the individual” to quote the book.
A colleague being left by his wife, the fear of losing your loved ones while being unable to do anything about it, the threat that lingers with every possible false move, the weakness against the suicidal tactics by the enemy, the temptation the female soldiers can pose on his minds – Ferreolus has given his protagonist a lot to experience. 
There is heroism and foolishness, dark humour and a glimpse of what the war really felt like.
This is a very impressive read and unusual in its own brand and combination of wit, horror and realism. It is very impressive as audio book, too. Highly recommended.

Interview with Thomas:  1920ab1d0c6b0a22d17a2d.L._V369201168_SX200_

Hi Thomas

Your novel is set in the Iraq war. Can you briefly explain your connection to Iraq and to war?

I served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom…

How did the idea for the novel come to you? What motivated you to write about the subject/ What do you think is missing in films and books about the subject?

What started out as hobby turned into a goal to publish an entertaining story.   I have watched movies about the war and felt Holly Wood has fallen short in bringing certain aspects of realism out, and the same goes with the few books I have read…most have disappointed me in not being brave enough to bring to the table of what was really being served to the fighting soldier. Overall, I really wanted to give to my audience an after taste, a same gritty and unforgettable taste that every soldier who fought in the conflict came home with.

Will there be another book/ series?

Yes, this the first book in the series and I am planning a total of three.

How did you come to writing in the first place? Was it always going to about this subject or did you have other genres in mind, too?

During my college days I wrote screens plays and poems. Then, I had no idea I would write anything on this level or about this subject.

How did you choose the characters for the story? Who did you have in mind when you wrote the characters? Who would play them in a  film?

The characters are strictly fiction but we writers tend to take bits and pieces of people we know or may have known.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

Well, I would be a liar if I said no.  Parts of myself may be reflected in the protagonist Thomas Edington.

What was the most fascinating aspect in the research and the writing for you? How did you research for the book?

I think I am more of a story teller than a writer, and I found that without a life full of experiences I wouldn’t be able to write down anything interesting to share. 

Were the plot and sub-plots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

Someone once wrote: “Life is stranger than fiction.” And it was easy for me to just look around at what was going on during the war to come up with material to write about.  The news channels filled the cable networks with twenty four seven hours of ideas.

Tell us about the audio version and the production of it?

Awesome narrator, I feel he deserve more attention, and there is no doubt that F. William Baldwin rivals James Earl Jones.  Also, I am very proud of the post production via: P. Rebog Productions.  Right from the introduction, the audio book really captured the essence of what it felt like to be standing on the battle fields of Iraq.  With all the special sound effects, and when I heard it for the first time, I had flash back for the first time in years.  The audio book is nothing short of spectacular.

What is your writing environment like? Do you have any habits?

I have taken over the entire dining room table and strangely enough, I like to listen to opera music.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

Including my home life, I have to shut out the entire world. Obsessively, I become part of the story and think about nothing else until I finish the chapter or chapters. 

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

Right now I am concentrating on trying to spread the news about my first book but soon I will delve into the second book. That will be easy enough because when I came home from my tour of duty many years ago, I wrote the frame work for the three books then…I just have to pull it off the shelf and dust off the proverbial cover.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I spend time with my lovely wife and family.  By the way, my wife is a fantastic writer. We are collaborating on a project and we’ll be releasing the first of many books next year. For some strange reason, I feel absolutely confident that the series will be a huge success.  Call me an optimist if you will but nothing short of earth grabbing entertainment is coming your way.

Who are your biggest influences? Which are your favourite books and authors?

Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Gates of Fire by Stephen Pressfield are two that come to Mind.

Which indie writers can you recommend?

There are so many to choose from I can’t decide right now…

What would you take to an isolated island?

I would say my wife and family.

Who would you invited for dinner?

William Shakespeare

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

If you are going to buy my work, I would highly recommend the audio book or only the kindle version of Sounds of War.

‘Sounds of War, ‘ is a historical fiction of lost battles for the Al Anbar Province during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Richly rot with lambasted situations, follow Thomas Edington’s gritty journey as it teeters on the edge of the surrealism. Always landing in hot water, his life is altered when he is forced to navigate down a precarious path of unspoken truths all while a barbaric war rages around him. The war’s twilight reflects a rainbow of dark hues bathed in blood soaked colors of altruism, and if it were not for the gruesome realities of war, the ‘Sounds of War, ‘ would be a fantastic comedy. Entertainingly witty, the story line easily unfolds like a Hollywood block buster. “A modern day Iliad.” P.Rebog – Author “What really happens behind the tent flap, gruesome and funny all rolled into one. I’m not much into war stories but I was mesmerized with Thomas Ferreolus’s not so normal fiction, ‘SOUNDS OF WAR, ‘ had me hooked from the get go.” S. Churchill – Author







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Thomas Ferreolus, adventurer and great outdoorsman, proudly served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Loving a good cliff hanger, he continues to write fictions in the Pacific Northwest where he now resides with his beautiful wife, and family.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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